Oh come on… as if the Ukrainians couldn’t see it coming. In 2014 Russia sunk 75% of the Ukrainian Navy. Ukraine would have been negligent in the extreme not to have expected Russia to control access to the ports. At worst they get some Russian minesweepers to come in nice and close and they can throw some Harpoons at them.
Russian agreement is clearly needed otherwise it will be no coincidence that Odessa’s ports are attacked the same day transport ships move in to load grain. Russia may or may not want Odessa’s ports however if it is a choice between choking Ukrainian exports or firing in some “Don’t go there” missiles we know which one the Russians will choose.
What’s the big deal anyway? I would have mined the heck out of the area in advance knowing full well that the sea was soon to be a no go zone.
And don’t forget those underwater nuclear drones! Radioactive man made tsunamis! Who the hell thought of that and approved their commission. Those people are freaking nutcases. Someone needs to take their toys away or get them to chill out.